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Math Puzzling (Geared for students in grades 5-6)

Target Audience: students who would like to explore some mathematical challenges.  Some material in this camp will be similar to our in person Camp Logic

Time: Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 4-5pm ET

Instructor: Christopher Potvin

Enrollment: Minimum of 6 students to run; Maximum of 15 students.

Format: facilitated online course daily for one week; students will use Zoom and some online resources.  Students will also receive ideas for additional exploration outside of the class meetings.  All zoom sessions will be facilitated by instructor Christopher Potvin and a camp assistant.

Description:  On a popular game show, “Let’s Make a Deal”, host Monty Hall showed you three doors (A,B,C). Behind two were goats and behind the third, a brand new car. After you picked Door A on a hunch, Monty Hall showed you a goat behind Door C. Then, out of grace and generosity, he gave you the option to switch your choice to Door B. Should you switch doors or stay with Door A? This question perplexed the contestants, the public, and educators for many years, but has a simple mathematical solution. If it interests you, come to this camp where we will discover hidden mathematics behind this and many other puzzles and riddles.  

There are no particular mathematical prerequisites for this camp, only an appetite for logical thought and a willingness to be hopelessly confused along the way.  The target audience will be students who are approximately ages 10-12, but the primary determinant of learning for students of any age will be a willingness to think through challenging and interesting puzzles.

 

Third Grade Math Explorations 

Target Audience: students who would like to explore some mathematical challenges.  Some material in this camp will be similar to our in person Camp Logic

Time: Monday-Friday, July 13-17, choice of 10-11am or 2-3pm

Instructor: Julie Haskell

Enrollment: Minimum of 6 students to run; Maximum of 10 students.

Format: facilitated online course daily for one week; students will use Zoom and some online resources.  Students will also receive ideas for additionalT exploration outside of the class meetings.  All zoom sessions will be facilitated by instructor Julie Haskell and a camp assistant.

Description: This will be a Lego Math and Puzzle Play Math Camp ideal for students entering 2nd and 3rd grade. The concepts covered include Geometry (2D and 3D shapes), Patterns in addition, exploring basic multiplication, and beginning fractions. We will have social games, math challenges, math puzzles, and a lego challenge each day to explore these concepts. Students will also be shown an online math game daily that they can explore at home after our meeting time as well as a printed activity or puzzle to continue to solve at home if students would like to extend their play beyond our meeting time.

Fractions

Target Audience: students with some experience with fractions who would like to solidify their understanding

Time: Monday-Friday, June 29-July 3, 11am-noon Eastern Time OR 9:45-10:45 AM ET

Instructor: Dr. Reshma Menon

Enrollment: Minimum of 6 students to run; Maximum of 15 students.

Format: facilitated online course daily for one week; students will use Zoom and some online resources.  Students will also receive ideas for additional exploration outside of the class meetings.  All zoom sessions will be facilitated by instructor Reshma Menon and a camp assistant.

Description: This math camp will meet by zoom for one hour Monday-Friday. 

This camp will start with an introduction to fractions and related ideas, using individual and group activities for students to explore various definitions and ways to think about a fraction, particularly unit fractions. The goal is to encourage students to understand reciprocals, and the ideas behind arithmetic with fractions using self-explorations and discussions. Prerequisite knowledge includes understanding of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with whole numbers. No formal knowledge of fractions is required.  This camp will also provide reinforcement for students who have begun work on arithmetic with fractions.

 

Algebraic Connections and Applications

Target Audience: students entering Algebra 1 next year OR students who lost instructional time in Algebra 1 this year.

Time: Monday-Friday, June 8-12, 2-3 pm Eastern Time

Instructor: Kellie Stilson 

Enrollment: Minimum of 5 students to run; Maximum of 16 students.

Format: facilitated online course daily for one week; students will use Zoom and Desmos, a free online graphing calculator.  All zoom sessions will be facilitated by instructor Kellie Stilson and a camp assistant.

Description: This math camp will meet by zoom for one hour Monday-Friday.  Students will use Desmos, a free online graphing calculator program and virtual instruction to strengthen number sense, learn function basics, and practice pattern finding and generalizations. This will take place through working with numbers and variables to model real life situations.  For example, students will model the rate at which water fills containers of various shapes and sizes and find an equation to determine how many rubber bands are needed to safely drop a Barbie from a balcony without hitting her head!  Students should have some familiarity with graphing lines, and should be fluent with solving one-step equations (For example, 4x = 12).  Students will come away from camp with a greater awareness of math in their world, supplemental online resources for continued learning, and a basic foundation for Algebra 1.